The more you reflect, the closer you get!
There are many “religious” books available in the spiritual supermarkets of the world. How many of them tell their readers or followers to ponder and reflect over their teachings?
Do you know that there are some wonderful religious books – so “wonderful” that you don’t need a brain to understand!
The Qur’an never makes its readers mentally-challenged! Alhamdulillaah.
The Qur’an is unique. It tells you to think. It makes you to think.
The Qur’an is the only Scripture available on the face of earth today that emphatically calls for reading with understanding. Understanding with thought. Thought with wisdom. Wisdom with righteousness. Righteousness with Divine Guidance. Guidance leading to success: in this world and in the Hereafter.
The more you think over its verses, the more you get enlightened!
The more you reflect over its teachings, the closer you get to it.
You feel like reading more and more. Pondering over again and again.
Your mind feels delighted. Your soul gets cheerful. Your heart is softened.
Your eyes become wet upon recognizing the Truth.
You will not come across any Qur’an reader in the world who would say, ‘O My God! this book is so boring’!
No conflict between reason and understanding. No contradiction between chapters. No clash between knowledge and wisdom.
There are no philosophical nor illogical or irrational arguments in the Qur’an.
The Qur’an doesn’t contradict the established principles of Science.
It provides Crystal Clear Guidance to its readers.
So you don’t look like a confused guy after reading the glorious Qur’an!
Serenity pearls get scattered in the canvas of one’s mind and tranquility descends upon the reader’s heart.
The Qur’an which means The Reading is by itself a challenging miracle of the Qur’an.
History is witness that all those who utilized their brains have willfully and graciously submitted to the glory of the Qur’an.
A glimpse at the words used in the Qur’an with regard to knowing, understanding, contemplating, pondering over is sufficient for any discerning mind to conclude that the Qur’an is a highly motivating Book which challenges its readers to think and ponder over.
Verbs such as “To know, to recognise, to make known” come from the root ع ر ف. And the triliteral root ʿayn rā fā occurs 70 times in the Quran, in eight derived forms:
20 times as the form I verb ʿarafa (عَرَفَ)
twice as the form II verb ʿarrafa (عَرَّفَ)
twice as the form VI verb yataʿārafu (يَتَعَارَفُ)
three times as the form VIII verb iʿ’tarafu (ٱعْتَرَفُ)
twice as the noun aʿrāf (أَعْرَاف)
twice as the noun ʿur’f (عُرْف)
38 times as the passive participle maʿrūf (مَّعْرُوف)
once as the passive participle maʿrūfat (مَّعْرُوفَة)
Verbs such as “To know, to learn, to teach” come from the root ع ل م. The triliteral root ʿayn lām mīm occurs 854 times in the Quran in 14 derived forms:
382 times as the form I verb ʿalima (عَلِمَ)
41 times as the form II verb ʿallama (عَلَّمَ)
twice as the form V verb yataʿallamu (يَتَعَلَّمُ)
twice as the noun aʿlām (أَعْلَٰم)
49 times as the nominal aʿlam (أَعْلَم)
four times as the nominal ʿallām (عَلَّٰم)
105 times as the noun ʿil’m (عِلْم)
163 times as the nominal ʿalīm (عَلِيم)
twice as the adjective maʿlūmāt (مَّعْلُومَٰت)
18 times as the active participle ʿālim (عَٰلِم)
11 times as the passive participle maʿlūm (مَّعْلُوم)
Verbs such as “To undertand, to reason, to use intellect” come from the root ع ق ل. The triliteral root ʿayn qāf lām occurs 49 times in the Quran as the form I verb ʿaqalu (عَقَلُ).
Verbs such as “To ponder, to reflect, to give thought” come from the root ف ك ر. The triliteral root fā kāf rā occurs 18 times in the Quran, in two derived forms:
once as the form II verb fakkara (فَكَّرَ)
17 times as the form V verb yatafakkaru (يَتَفَكَّرُ)
A stronger verb ‘Yatadab’baru’ which means ‘to ponder’ occurs 4 times in the Qur’an.
There is so much for pondering and reflecting over the Qur’an. Subhanallaah!
The question is: Do you read the Qur’an with understanding? And do you ponder over the Qur’an?
“Then do they not reflect upon the Qur’an, or are there locks upon [their] hearts?” (Surah Muhammad 47: 24)
The Qur’an is the Book of Living for the alive!
May Allah give us the much needed knowledge and wisdom to apply our thought to understand the Qur’an and live by its Guidance. Aameen.
Jazakallaahu Khayra for reading this post.
PS: To find out the irony prevalent among Muslims, please read this post.